Do you ramble on about your daily troubles to your pets? Do you pour out your heart to your animal companions, only to watch them stare blankly back at you? Have you ever looked at your devoted canine companion and wondered ‘What is she thinking?’.
I do. – a lot.
Well, thanks to a brand new device, we can all eliminate that mystery now! The Speech Articulating Device (S.A.D) is an innovative device that reads your dog’s (or cat’s) mind, and then translates his/her thoughts to you!
Mr. Beaux (19 years of age) and his buddy Knox (9) enjoying some Box Time under our Christmas Tree
Many people around the world are celebrating Boxing Daytoday! Different countries celebrate this annual event with their personal heritage and traditions.
But here in our home, this is how our feline family members celebrate Boxing Day …
No matter the stage, size or species, all cats love boxes. Whether they are a tiger or tabby, a kitten or senior, a Good Box Makes Life Better.
Cats actually need boxes!
📦 Not only are boxes perfect for cats, who are both Predator AND Prey, but experts believe a cardboard box is just as important as food, water, and a litter box!
📦 Cardboard is insulating! It helps to maintain their body temperature in both hot and cold environments.
📦 Boxes offer much needed mental and physical stimulation for cats, while providing safe places of refuge and security.
Senior & Geriatric Cats need low-sided boxes.
Did you know …?
Cardboard is insulating for cats!
When a cat burrows down into a box, the cardboard assists in maintaining the cat’s body temperature. This is how cats maintain their “thermal neutral zone”; cats can more easily maintain their body temperature without having to expend a lot of precious energy.
Rather than tossing out all of the tissue paper and boxes after the Christmas commotion, consider offering your feline family member a great box! Giving your cat a box not only helps him/her, but is also a cool way to recycle.
Have you ever seen a tiger bat at a boomer ball, an octopus play with a water toy, an otter hunt down live fish, or a sun bear play eat a real honey comb? If you were to visit a reputable zoo or aquarium you might see these fun and entertaining behaviors in action!
The reason animals in captivity are given things like this to play with or eat, is not for our entertainment. Behavioral enrichment is a necessary part of life in captivity. It’s defined as “the environmental enhancement of the lives of animals in a managed setting by providing them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural and healthy behavior.” Or more simply put; we add a little creativity, fun and stimulation to animals’ lives!
Sand, mud, rotting logs, and leaf litter might not seem very exciting to us, but for some animals that is the perfect playground! Providing the right environment for animals in captivity is crucial. Animals need opportunities to run, jump, pounce, climb, burrow, dive, hunt for food, and explore — to do all of the things that come naturally. Enrichment provides stimulating and challenging environments, objects, and activities for animals. It’s designed to stimulate them mentally and physically! Read more about why animal enrichment is a vital part of Animal Husbandry and Welfare.
Environmental enrichment is just as critical to Zoo animal welfare as nutrition and veterinary medicine.
In this video below, Teddy Bear, the “talking” porcupine, demonstrates one of his most favorite enrichment items! Click on the image so you can hear what Teddy Bear has to say about one of his favorite Fall treats!